By Evelyn Rinaldi
NAUGATUCK – Members of the Naugatuck Board of Education, Naugatuck High School faculty, and the borough administration gathered to commence the NHS renovation project by breaking ground in front of the school building this morning.
Board Chairman David Heller stated that the board determined to keep the project “on schedule, on task and within budget.”
“I’m excited to see my vision for Naugatuck High School begin,” said N
HS principal Janice Saam.
Mayor Bob Mezzo thanked all of those who are involved in the renovation p
roject, because it is a huge investment in the advancement of the community’s future.
When school closes for spring break, crews will be working on the sports fields beginning April 15. The first phase of the project, which currently includes work on the gymnasiums and the locker rooms, will be completed by January 2014.
The three-year project has been designed and is being overseen by New Britain architectural firm Kaestle Boos Associates. The renovations will cost $81 million, with about 75% of the cost being reimbursed through a state program.
Construction firm O&G Industries will be on school grounds starting April 2 as they create temporary teaching spaces and work on the athletic fields. Once completed, some new features of the school will include:
- A new front entrance for the school with new administrative offices, replacing the patio and converting the current administration area into teaching space.
- An expanded gymnasium area that will move lockers and weight-lifting facilities out of the basement.
- New synthetic athletic fields and a new track.
- Renovations to all classrooms and common areas.
- New office space for the borough’s Board of Education.